Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

Dershowitz said that Cohen is "not allowed to cooperate with anybody if there's lawyer-client privileged material".

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani had a much different reaction.

In a weekend tweet, Trump called Cohen's practice of recording conversations "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal". "The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal".

In addition to discussing the McDougal payment, Trump and Cohen are overheard running through a list of potential legal issues, including contesting a New York Times request to unseal divorce records from Trump's first wife Ivana as well as more mundane matters such as polling numbers and Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns.

Jones, who is serving as special master in a review of documents seized from Cohen in an April 9 FBI raid, said in the court filing that the 12 recordings were provided to the government as part of its investigation into Cohen's financial dealings.

Federal prosecutors have received 12 audio tapes seized from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us "and you will suffer" Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump "often tells the truth" MORE's former attorney, Michael Cohen.

Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording.

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The recording was among the records seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his office and residences in April, multiple people familiar with the probe said.

But it appears Trump knew about payments to McDougal - something his campaign denied.

In a statement, Cohen's attorney, Brent Blakely, said that neither he nor his client had cooperated with or provided any information to Avenatti.

At least according to Michael Avenatti, that is. "I could have received it from others". "Michael is going to tell the truth to the powers that be, and let the chips fall where they may".

"I think", Avenatti added, "you've seen an evolution by Michael Cohen over the last month or so, with the retention of Lanny Davis and others", referring to Cohen's recent hiring of the former Clinton White House official who wrote a book arguing former FBI Director James Comey cost Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton the 2016 election.

Giuliani also revealed in his interview that he learned the tape was going to be released Tuesday night at 6 p.m. "The conversations include conversations with Mr. Trump".

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